Jillian Manus is currently a Managing Partner of Structure Capital VC. Prior to Structure Capital, Jillian led a multifaceted career as the Co-Director of M&A for Credit Suisse in Zurich, Director of Development for Universal and Warner Bros Studios, agent for ICM, and Associate Publisher of Upside Magazine. She is also the founder of 3 companies: Global Goal Sports Management, Manus Media & Literary Agency and Broad Strategy; a brand acceleration and investment company.
Jillian attended Oxford University and NYU where she also served on the board of Trustees. She is a highly regarded public speaker, providing political and business commentary in both print and television, including Bloomberg News, Hardball, and Fox News. Additionally, Ms. Manus sits on numerous corporate and philanthropic boards including Box.org, Center for Investigative Reporting, Duke Engage National, Hyp3r, Iggbo, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Communities in Schools, and College Track. She served seven years as Chair of The Woman's Conference where she joined Maria Shriver to create the largest women's conference in the world; 15,700 women STRONG.
As an active philanthropist, she created the Manus Family Foundation whose mission is "to create paths of safety and self-sufficiency for women and children." The two primary levers of investment for her are education and health. Jillian was recently selected by the San Francisco Business Times as a 2016 honoree for the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business.
Krishna Gupta | Romulus Capital
Krishna K. Gupta is the founder and managing partner of Romulus Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm that focuses on building, not betting on, technology and science-enabled companies. Krishna founded Romulus from his MIT dorm room in 2008, and today the firm manages approximately $200M. Krishna has helped build several companies with MIT origins, including Cogito, Humanyze, Ginger.io, ClassPass, and E la Carte.
Tracy Chadwell | 1843 Capital
Tracy has over 15 years experience in venture capital and private equity. Prior to 1843 Capital, she spent 5 years investing in early stage companies with a female founder through her personal entity Coyote Capital. Tracy was Partner of a growth capital fund - Baker Capital which had more than $1 Billion under management. As a frequent speaker and startup competition judge, Tracy has developed a broad network in the female founder community. She recently was a speaker on women in venture at the Wonder Woman Summit, and a speaker on Augmented Reality at High Court. Most recently she was a judge for Refinery/Uber Pitch, the Cornell (Johnson) Business School Women in Tech Competition, and a Mentor at MentorHerNYC. She is featured in a chapter of the book “The Internet of Women” by Nada Anid, Laurie Cantileno, Monique Morrow, and Rahilla Zafar and included in the documentary “Dream, Girl about female entrepreneurs. She is a member of Women in VC, Private Equity Women Investor Network, and Boost. A trusted board member, she serves on the boards of Marstone and Sachs Insights. Her philanthropic work includes the Advisory Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum, Executive Advisor for the Echoing Green Foundation and formerly a Board Member of the YWCA of Chicago, She is an attorney and earned her JD at Loyola University of Chicago. Tracy speaks conversational Japanese and restaurant French.
Peter Boyce | General Catalyst
Peter Boyce II is an investor at General Catalyst, an early-stage venture capital firm headquartered in Cambridge, MA with offices in Palo Alto, SF and NYC.
In addition to his work at GC, he also co-founded & manages Rough Draft Ventures: a program to support technology entrepreneurship on college campuses.
Prior to his time at GC, he worked for online education marketplace Skillshare, helped launch GoGirl Finance (an online community for personal finance education), worked in media at Bad Boy Entertainment, and co-founded Harvard Ventures & HackHarvard.
Peter is a graduate of Harvard University, earning a B.A. in Applied Mathematics and a Secondary in Computer Science, with focus on Behavioral Economics & Network Theory. He grew up in New York City, where he graduated from Stuyvesant High School.
Ryan Sarver | Redpoint Ventures
Ryan joined Redpoint in 2013 to invest in entrepreneurs building companies at the seed, early and early growth stages. He sits on the boards of FLEXE, Luxe and Brandless (observer).
Ryan was an early employee at Twitter where he oversaw the Twitter Platform and its developer ecosystem as the service scaled globally to more than 200 million active users. Before Twitter, Ryan was director of consumer products at Skyhook Wireless, which pioneered the Wi-Fi and cellular tower triangulation technology incorporated in the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and MacBook.
Steve Vassallo | Foundation Capital
Steve launched his first startup when he was 13 years old. His snow blowing service taught him what it meant to be entrepreneur — and to grasp every opportunity he found, even if his hands got cold and numb in the process. That kid grew up to be an entrepreneur who works at the intersection of business, technology, and design. Steve’s innovations have won him over 77 patents and several design awards, including the Business Week Design of the Decade Award, red dot design award 2009, IDEA99 Gold and Bronze Awards, NeoCon Gold and Most Innovative New Product Awards. Steve came to Foundation Capital in 2007 from Ning, a social platform he helped launch in 2004 and where he was Vice President of product and engineering. Before Ning, Steve was Director of Engineering at Immersion [IMMR], which pioneered tactile feedback and human touch technology. Previously, Steve was a project leader and design engineer at IDEO, where he developed more than a dozen successful products for companies including Cisco, Nike, BMW, Steelcase, McDonalds, and Caterpillar. Today, Steve is on the board of directors of Sunrun [RUN], Sentient Energy, Pocket, Mode Analytics, Bolt Threads, and AutoGrid. Past investments include Control4 [CTRL] and PrivateCore, which was acquired by Facebook. Steve is the convener and host of Product Minds, a Foundation Capital series of conversations with industry leaders about the art, science, and drive that go into building great products.
Kathryn Hume | integrate.ai
Kathryn Hume is Vice President Product & Strategy for integrate.ai, a SaaS startup applying AI to drive growth and customer satisfaction for large enterprises, and a Venture Partner at ffVC, a seed- and early-stage technology venture capital firm, where she advises early-stage artificial intelligence companies and sources deal flow. As the former Director of Sales and Marketing at Fast Forward Labs (Cloudera), Kathryn helped Fortune 500 companies accelerate their machine learning and data science capabilities. Prior to that, she was a Principal Consultant in Intapp's Risk Practice, focused on data privacy, security, and compliance. A widely respected speaker and writer on AI, Kathryn excels at communicating how AI and machine learning technologies work in plain language. She has given lectures and taught courses on the intersections of technology, ethics, law, and society at Harvard Business School, Stanford, the MIT Media Lab, and the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. She speaks seven languages, and holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University and a BA in mathematics from the University of Chicago.
Erin Kutner McCafferty | Yard Ventures
Throughout most of her career, Erin has managed a wide range of investments in venture, private equity, buyouts, and more at the senior level. Prior to joining the Yard Ventures, she was a Senior Investment Officer at Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management (PRIM). There she was responsible for the management and investment of a $9B portfolio of private equity and private debt investments, including venture capital, growth equity, buyout, co-investments, and distressed debt. In this capacity, she sat on numerous boards of top VC & PE firms.
Prior to PRIM, Erin was a VP at Bank of America Capital Advisors, investing across the private equity and real estate landscape. In addition, she held positions at Silicon Valley Bank in commercial finance and Citi Group in sales and trading.
Erin has an AB in Economics from Harvard with honors, where she was an All-American lacrosse player. Erin also has an MBA from Tuck, where she was an Edward Tuck Scholar with distinction.